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9800gx2 replacment

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April 30, 2010 4:45:05 PM

I currently have a 9800gx2 which has served me well. but more times than not..im only running on one of the 2 cards in it. noticed in at least 3/4 my games. the built in SLI isnt working. even in 3dmark I cannot force it on. (believe its because of my MB itself not supporting SLI, but does crossfire..but the 9800gx2 isnt true SLI by 2 slots..so its hit or miss on if it runs both cores on games)

my question is, what is ATIs one step above this card performance wise. its been years since I touched an ATI card. years ago with driver issues they turned me off.
but lately they are rolling over nvidia for performance and price, and the drivers seem to have been cleaned up since AMD acquired them.

was looking at the 5770, its in the around $200 range, and preforms rather well.
the 5830 I cant see the price justification over the 5770, or am I missing something?

I would like something that out preforms my card when not in SLI mode (basically a 9800GT) but wont be a major downgrade when my SLI IS working.

Like I stated above..3/4 of the time the cards SLI doesn't kick in anyway..but a few games it does, and makes a decent bit of difference.

any suggestions on which card is an acceptable replacement for it, for around 200-250?

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a c 130 U Graphics card
April 30, 2010 4:47:27 PM

An HD5770 would give you a 15-30% performance increase from a 9800GTX. If you crossfired that with another HD5770, you'd outperform your 9800GX2 (sli) by quite an amount.

An HD5850 is the single-card equivalent of the GX2, and the HD5870 would beat it.
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April 30, 2010 4:53:01 PM

shadow187 said:
An HD5770 would give you a 15-30% performance increase from a 9800GTX. If you crossfired that with another HD5770, you'd outperform your 9800GX2 (sli) by quite an amount.

An HD5850 is the single-card equivalent of the GX2, and the HD5870 would beat it.


thanks for the quick reply!

I'm a bit ashamed of my ATI knowledge of late, for me to be such a PC geek. but last 4 years all the PC's in my house have been Nvidia based. :pt1cable: 

the 5850 was a tempting choice, but $330 might be a bit much to talk the wife into letting me get by with.

for about the price of a 5850, I could pick up 2 5770. would that be wasting a slot to get the same performance only in crossfire mode, I could get with a single 5850?
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a c 130 U Graphics card
April 30, 2010 8:16:47 PM

An HD5770 will beat a single 9800GTX every time. 2x HD5770 will easily trump your 9800GX2 when it had SLI working.
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May 1, 2010 3:36:35 AM

shadow187 said:
An HD5770 will beat a single 9800GTX every time. 2x HD5770 will easily trump your 9800GX2 when it had SLI working.


after some debating and haggling with the wife. dropped the 300+ on the 5850. dont want to go thru the issues of dual cards anymore for a while.

if its the single card version then I should get the same performance in games as the 9800gx2 did with both working, and smoke it when it was only 1 card running.

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May 1, 2010 3:36:57 AM

Best answer selected by dxwarlock.
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